Author Archives: UntraveledRoads

About UntraveledRoads

Fascinated by life, looking for answers to chronic pain and finding unexpected gifts. Interested in people, ideas, healing and humour. I am very happily married with three children and a kitten. As English born immigrants to Canada, we have family spread overseas, a daughter in South Africa and one in England. We also run a charity in South Africa to educate black, rural South African Women. Our first girl from a rural township has just graduated as an accountant from Johannesburg University and got a good job in a bank.

If You Are Happy and You Know It

  Having spent a beige morning in a hospital waiting room, I decided to give it a go. I decided to be happy. It's a lifetime decision, not a petty fix, I know. But this seemed a good time to … Continue reading

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Painting Pain Pleasant

Suppose pain is pleasant? Sounds crazy! Worse, it sounds the sort of thing heartless people say while you squirm. My GP apologized for her lack of help with my back pain (after an MRI showed a slipped vertabra trapping my … Continue reading

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Mind Full

    Am sitting here not thinking of a pink elephant. What I mean is what meditators know so well: trying to separate the observing deep self from the chatterbox in my head, so busily running commentary about all and … Continue reading

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Howl for Hope

Wolves are butterflies? No one dreamed what happened when 41 wolves were returned to Yellowstone Park, where they had been extinct for 70 years. They triggered a cascade of events that led to the regeneration of the area – even … Continue reading

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The Blood Clinic

Back at the Cancer Clinic for the result of my CT scan. The staff are so unrushed and kind. But what a huge difference it would make if they coordinated the blood work clinic with the patients. The appointment sheet … Continue reading

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Only Connect

  “It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” … Continue reading

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Crossing the Divide

When you're well, it seems like forever. You feel invincible, belonging to a favoured group who are not old, sick, disabled or confused. Like the young, you believe “it can't happen to me.” Though tucked away in a corner is … Continue reading

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